September 24, 2012
A 1-1 draw against an in-form Cork City was all Bohemians had to show for their second-last outing at Dalymount Park this season, Robert O’Reardon reports.
The Leesiders took the lead through a close-range effort from Davin O’Neill in the first half.
After that, the home side showed their superiority and they got their just rewards when Evan McMillan fired home a magnificent effort from 25 yards much to the delight of the home crowd.
But a late flurry by the home side was not enough to get another much-needed win under their belts.
There was very little action in terms of scoring opportunities, so perhaps it came as a surprise when the first chance yielded a goal.
The Bohs defence, which has been one of the positives of Aaron Callaghan’s first season, fell asleep as it allowed Vinny Sullivan surge into the box and superbly volleyed home past Greg Murray.
Most people would have thought that this would shock the Gypsies into action but the problems that were evident in the home defeat by Dundalk were still present and Cork nearly went two goals ahead when another cross by Daryl Horgan was headed onto the post by Sullivan.
The home side were restricted to crosses from Andy Mulligan and Owen Heary, which weren’t causing Tommy Dunne’s side many problems.
On the stroke of half-time, referee Rob Rodgers waved away a Bohs penalty appeal for handball, which on another night could well have been given.
The half-time break saw Callaghan turn to his subs bench to make the difference.
On came Dave Scully for Ken Carr as he partnered the versatile Evan McMillan, who had played at centre-back in the first half. up front.
And straight away the changes began to have an effect. McMillan made a nuisance of himself and chances were being created.
Keith Ward delivered a free-kick, which nearly found its way to McMillan and Scully should have done better from a great cross from Mulligan but headed wide.
It wasn’t long after that the equaliser came, though. Some terrific work from McMillan again led to him getting the ball at his feet 25 yards from goal. The former St Patrick’s Athletic man showed great composure to curl in his sixth goal of the season.
It looked like Bohs would power on to to win but it could have been oh so different two minutes later as Sullivan hit the post for the second time.
McMillan continued to win more aerial duels as the Cork defence just about dealt with the constant aerial bombardment.
Both sides had moments of hope near the end. After a through ball from Stephen Kenny, Horgan found himself 20 yards from goal but he tried a deft chip which sailed over the bar.
Shortly afterwards, Ward ran into the and fell to ground from what looked like a mistimed challenge from Dan Murray.
The referee saw otherwise and booked Ward for simulation, which meant he was sent off having already been shown a yellow card earlier in the second half. This proved to be the last kick of the game as the referee blew for full time.
Next up for Bohs is a short trip out to the Belfield Bowl to face Martin Russell’s UCD.
Man Of The Match: Evan McMillan